Jaitley raises Visa issue with US

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Jaitley raises Visa issue with US

Washington, 4/21
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has
“strongly raised” the H-1B visa issue with
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross,
highlighting the important role played by
highly skilled Indian professionals in
America, officials said.
During the meeting here — the first
cabinet-level interaction between the two
countries under the Trump administration
– Ross is believed to have said that US
has started the process of reviewing H1B
visas issues and no decision has been
taken on it yet, sources said.
Taking up the case of Indian IT companies
and professionals, Jaitley told Ross about
the contribution of highly skilled Indians
in the economic development of the United
States and India and stressed that they
should continue to do so, which is in the
best interest of the two countries, an
Indian official said.
Ross is understood to have said that
whatever the outcome of the review
process, the Trump administration’s
objective is to have a merit-based
immigration policy that gives preference
to highly skilled professionals.
The executive order signed by Trump early
this week calls for a review of H-1B visas
by the departments of State, Labour,
Homeland Security and Justice.
Jaitley, leading an Indian delegation,
arrived in Washington DC yesterday morning
to attend the annual Spring meeting of the
International Monetary Fund and the World
Bank.
Over the next two days, the Finance
Minister is scheduled to hold a series of
bilateral meetings with his counterparts
from the US, Australia, France, Indonesia
and Sweden. He is also likely to meet
finance ministers from neighbouring
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Stressing that India-US relationship has
bipartisan support in both the countries,
the Finance Minister in his meeting with
the commerce secretary said the two
largest democratic countries of the world
over the years have developed z strong
strategic, economic and defence
relationship.
The three phone conversations that Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and Trump have had,
along with the officials meeting, has
shown that the two governments are going
to build on this momentum in the years to
come, the official said.
Briefing Ross on India’s growth story,
Jaitley is believed to have given an him
insight into a series of “far reaching
reforms” being undertaken by the Modi
government post-demonetisation including
the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Jaitley said the two countries should be
able to move towards achieving the goal of
USD 500 billion per annum in bilateral
trade in the next few years.
In addition to his meetings and
presentations at the annual Spring meeting
of the IMF and the World Bank, the Union
minister is also scheduled to attend
meetings of other multilateral forums
including that of the G-20 finance
ministers.
Before leaving Washington DC for New York
on Sunday, he is expected to interact with
think-tanks and eminent Indian- Americans.

Washington, 4/21

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has

“strongly raised” the H-1B visa issue with

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross,

highlighting the important role played by

highly skilled Indian professionals in

America, officials said.

During the meeting here — the first

cabinet-level interaction between the two

countries under the Trump administration

– Ross is believed to have said that US

has started the process of reviewing H1B

visas issues and no decision has been

taken on it yet, sources said.

Taking up the case of Indian IT companies

and professionals, Jaitley told Ross about

the contribution of highly skilled Indians

in the economic development of the United

States and India and stressed that they

should continue to do so, which is in the

best interest of the two countries, an

Indian official said.

Ross is understood to have said that

whatever the outcome of the review

process, the Trump administration’s

objective is to have a merit-based

immigration policy that gives preference

to highly skilled professionals.

The executive order signed by Trump early

this week calls for a review of H-1B visas

by the departments of State, Labour,

Homeland Security and Justice.

Jaitley, leading an Indian delegation,

arrived in Washington DC yesterday morning

to attend the annual Spring meeting of the

International Monetary Fund and the World

Bank.

Over the next two days, the Finance

Minister is scheduled to hold a series of

bilateral meetings with his counterparts

from the US, Australia, France, Indonesia

and Sweden. He is also likely to meet

finance ministers from neighbouring

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Stressing that India-US relationship has

bipartisan support in both the countries,

the Finance Minister in his meeting with

the commerce secretary said the two

largest democratic countries of the world

over the years have developed z strong

strategic, economic and defence

relationship.

The three phone conversations that Prime

Minister Narendra Modi and Trump have had,

along with the officials meeting, has

shown that the two governments are going

to build on this momentum in the years to

come, the official said.

Briefing Ross on India’s growth story,

Jaitley is believed to have given an him

insight into a series of “far reaching

reforms” being undertaken by the Modi

government post-demonetisation including

the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Jaitley said the two countries should be

able to move towards achieving the goal of

USD 500 billion per annum in bilateral

trade in the next few years.

In addition to his meetings and

presentations at the annual Spring meeting

of the IMF and the World Bank, the Union

minister is also scheduled to attend

meetings of other multilateral forums

including that of the G-20 finance

ministers.

Before leaving Washington DC for New York

on Sunday, he is expected to interact with

think-tanks and eminent Indian- Americans.

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